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Newswire Weekly – European Public Procurement Update

This is our weekly European public procurement news roundup, deferred from Friday when we posted our thoughts on the outcome of the UK General Election – read that here and here.

New Belgian Public Procurement directives – training available

The Belgian government enacted the Royal Decree of 18 April 2017 on public procurement; the date of entry into force is 30 June 2017. Rules changed include: a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), a self-cleaning principle, restriction on the possibilities for subcontracting, limitations to the subcontracting chain, a new framework for concession contracts. DLA Piper are offering training on any of the above in French/Dutch and English. More details on its website.

Ireland – EU Procurement Reform: Concessions Directive in Place

New Irish regulations implementing the Concessions Directive have been finalised and put in place, this was the final outstanding piece from the transposition. The Regulations apply to concession contracts worth €5,225,000 or more, they set out general requirements for the conduct of concession tenders including an obligation to comply with the principles of equal treatment, non-discrimination and transparency. Much more detail on what this means and the changes can be found on Lexology.

German Armed Forces planned K130 corvette construction award in breach of public procurement law

The planned award of a contract by the unified armed forces of Germany, Bundeswehr, for the development of five additional Type K130 corvettes to the previous contractor has been found to violate public procurement law, reports While certain circumstances can allow some cases to bypass competition, in this case, the tribunal found sufficient proof to support the claim that only the previous contractor would be able to reproduce the ships within the required period.

Slovakia – Protests call for interior minister to resign 

Thousands of Slovaks protested last week over corruption and demanded the resignation of the interior minister over his ties with a developer under investigation for possible tax fraud. The minister bought a 17% stake in one of the companies belonging to the developer. under investigation but both parties have denied any wrongdoing. The protesters also demanded the resignations of the police chief and the special prosecutor or not doing enough to root out corruption – read the full story is on Eurativ.

Bulgaria – Government Agency finds violations in 782 tenders

Bulgaria’s Public Financial Inspection Agency (PFIA) has found violations in 782 public procurement procedures launched in 2016, or 39% of all tenders checked. Contracts for a total of 490 million levs ($281.1 million/250.5 million euro) were granted under the 782 problematic tender procedures. SeeNews reports that “In 17% of the inspected tender procedures the agency had discovered violations leading to breaching legislative requirements concerning transparency, competition and non-discrimination … in another 22% of the 2,016 public procurement procedures, the agency had found procedural problems such as missing deadlines and failing to publish all necessary documents.”